Farm Groups Urge Senate to Confirm Perdue This Week

The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Grain and Feed Association are calling on the U.S. Senate to confirm Sonny Perdue as Agriculture Secretary this week, before a two-week recess that starts Friday. In a joint statement, the two groups said: "We need him at USDA to begin addressing a backlog of policy issues that are awaiting his attention and to begin the process of filling key positions within the department." AFBF and NGFA noted that Perdue has the bipartisan support of six former agriculture secretaries, as well as the support of nearly 700 agriculture groups from across the nation. If the Senate fails to schedule a vote this week, his confirmation vote may be delayed until the last week of April, due to the two-week recess. However, getting the vote on the schedule this week may be held up by the confirmation vote for Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch, which is subject to threatened opposition by Senate Democrats.

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